Microsoft filed the patent in 2010 and was published this past week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices.
The patent is for a second screen on the rear of the phone. However, it isn’t exactly like Nokia’s concept from last year:
Unlike Nokia’s “all-screen” approach, Microsoft’s back screen would be something like the e-ink you see on the Amazon kindle.
There’s a lot of cool possibilities with a second screen. Instead of shopping around for a cool phone case, you could just download a skin. Displaying things like the time, battery level, etc … could be cool, too.
However, considering how far behind Microsoft is in the smartphone race, it’s going to take a greater leap of tech development than this.
Don’t you think?
[via Geek O System]